NI court tells repeat motoring offender his driving career is over

By Gary Adair

A Northern Ireland man, aged 75, will not be allowed back behind the wheel of a car until he turns 90, and was told by the judge that his "driving career is over".

Lawrence Murdock from Drumbo had 8 previous convictions for driving while disqualified and 9 convictions for drink driving. In June 2016 he was stopped by police and gave them false details. However, follow up checks revealed that he was in fact Lawrence Murdock and had been disqualified from driving. That disqualification had been handed down in 2005 and was for 12 years, and there had been a subsequent offence in 2011. His solicitor told the court that his repeat offending was a result of an alcohol problem that Murdock developed following his separation from his wife.

District Judge Mark Hamill described Mr Murdock's record as "appalling" and told him that even when he can drive again he would "have to win the lottery to get an insurance quote". He imposed a 5-month jail sentence suspended for 3 years, a 15-year driving ban, and told Mr Murdock that he would "not escape prison" if he was ever back in court for driving offences.

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